posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 10:54 AM
Originally posted by weedwhacker
By 'temperture' of the film, I should have said of the light....just as you get different colors when photographing here on Earth under different
light sources, or 'temperatures'. A short course in photography will explain it better.
I think weedwhacker is on to something here with the color temperature, etc. There is a whole science of photography that involves the use of color
correcting filters, etc, to get the "right" color as perceived by the human eye.
Maybe the real color of the moon as perceived by the human eye is gray just like the astronauts said, and for whatever reason, the camera picked up
some reddish hues. That could be a result of a lot of different things. But to assume that the "real" color is the reddish one ignores a lot of
Maybe what NASA could be accused of is "color correcting" the image so the color of the moon appeared the same as what the astronauts observed?
Here are some links we can read to educate ourselves about "color correction" before we make such comments as "The REAL color was.....",
Color Temperature and Color Correction in Photography
I don't know how relevant this is, but when you look up at the moon, what color do you see? Looks kind of grayish to me.
Maybe the moon can be photographed with a reddish hue depending on the angle of incidence of the sun vs the angle of the camera with respect to the
surface, or maybe not. But I think you're jumping to conclusions when you see a photograph with a little red in it that we must automatically assume
that's a "true" color, maybe it is, and maybe it isn't. Maybe a professional in color temperature and color correction in photography could
enlighten us some more, but in the meantime we should educate ourselves about it so as to not make incorrect statements.
[edit on 20-7-2009 by Arbitrageur]